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Scott Hahn joining Mundelein faculty

For Immediate Release

Cardinal George Appoints Dr. Scott Hahn to the newly established McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Biblical Theology at Mundelein Seminary

(Chicago, April 30, 2014) Francis Cardinal George appointed Dr. Scott Hahn as the first McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. In this position, Dr. Hahn will conduct research, teach and offer occasional public lectures. “Dr. Hahn is one of the theologians at the forefront of evangelization in the United States,” Cardinal George said.  “His presence at Mundelein will bring his unique experience and his great skill at teaching to the future priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the more than thirty dioceses served by the seminary.”   

Fr. Robert Barron, Rector and President praised Bill and Lois McEssy for their generosity in establishing the McEssy Professorship.  “An endowed professorship brings a permanent benefit to the seminary. It insures that we can attract new scholars of national and international stature to Chicago’s major seminary.  Dr. Hahn will help us achieve my goal of making Mundelein a powerhouse of the New Evangelization.”  “I’m honored and humbled to receive this appointment,” said Dr. Hahn. "Seminaries and universities both have distinct roles in communicating the Faith and in forming Catholics who can transform our culture. I am privileged to teach in both settings, and I am deeply grateful to join such a dynamic institution as Mundelein, especially with its very strong Biblical Department and the emphasis placed on Sacred Scripture in the new curriculum.” 

“The Mundelein curriculum places a stress on scripture as the soul of theology,” said Fr. Thomas A. Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs.  “We intentionally cover every genre of biblical literature and present the study of the Bible according to the liturgical logic of preaching.  One goal of our Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics is to train excellent preachers.  Dr. Hahn will be a great addition to help us achieve this goal.”

Dr. Hahn will continue to hold the Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville concurrently with the McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Mundelein. Additionally, he is Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a research and educational center which promotes scripture study in the Catholic tradition.

A prolific writer, Dr. Hahn is the author, co-author or editor of over forty books, including Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church; Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI; Kinship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God’s Saving Promises; Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture (1300-1700); The Catholic Bible Dictionary; Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy; Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization; The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth.

Dr. Hahn received his Ph.D. from Marquette University (Systematic Theology, Phi Beta Kappa), his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his B.A. from Grove City College (Theology, Philosophy, Economics).  Scott has been married to his wife, Kimberly, for 35 years; they have six children and ten grand-children.

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary educates men for the pastoral ministry as diocesan priests serving over thirty dioceses.  Mundelein is one of only seven schools in North America where there is a pontifical faculty of theology established by the Holy See.  Additionally the University provides distinct and separate formation through its Institutes of Diaconal Studies, Lay Formation and Ongoing Formation and the Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral, to insure competent graduates for the parishes and agencies of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Its Liturgical Institute promotes and advances the theology and practice of the Church’s liturgical life.  

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